Newsletter September 22, 2019

Newsletter  9-22-19


In writing the students spent time adding a setting to their realistic fiction stories.  They looked at many examples and added more information to their stories. Students have written the first draft of their stories, but we will continue adding more information to them.


In math, the students have been doing a lot of work with multiplication and division.  The students have played a lot of math games about multiplication. They also solved a variety of story problems involving multiplication.  The goal is to have the Unit 1 assessment on Friday. The following week we will do a few lessons on measurement and then begin Unit 2 which continues with multiplication and division.  Please encourage your child to memorize multiplication facts if they are not already memorized. 


During reading the students listened to books related to our economics unit.  During reading groups the students finished reading about economic topics. Last week we began reading Greek myths in whole group lessons and reading groups.  During whole group lessons, the students learned about FAST (feelings, actions, speech, and thoughts) to help determine character traits. Next week we will continue learning about Greek myths and allusions.  


During social studies, the students have begun planning to sell apple cider to the others at PCCS.  The students are using what they learned about economics to plan a business. Our hope is to sell cider mid-October.  Be sure to ask your child about this project. 


Last week the students went to quiet spots by Lake Leopold.  Please check out the weekly photo link for pictures. At the lake, the students wrote about the place they choose and drew a map.  This tied in nicely to working on the setting in writing.


The highlight of the past two weeks was the field trip to the apple orchard.  The students had a wagon ride, picked apples, learned about the apple business, and experienced an apple maze.  One of the owners of the farm took time to explain some of the economics of owning an apple orchard to the 3rd and 4th grade to tie into our economics unit.  Despite the hot weather, the students had a great time.


Link for information about Lake and McHenry Apple Orchards

Apple orchards not open


Upcoming Events


  • 9/25/19     Farm to Table
  • 10/6/19 Fall Fest
  • 10/10/19 Early Release 1:00
  • 10/11/19 No School Teacher In-Service
  • 10/13/19 PSO Golf Outing.  Open to all. Nearly ½ the proceeds come back to the school!


Photos Links


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